Issue #270: JOOX a Big Hit in South Africa; Naver, YG at Work on New Music Streaming Platform

JOOX a Big Hit in South Africa

Tencent Africa’s brand new music streaming app JOOX, that enables South Africans to listen to music wherever they are, is now also jam-packed with Afrikaans music hits.

Brett Loubser, CEO of Tencent Africa Services, says JOOX has already surpassed other music streaming services in the four other markets into which it has been released.

Naver, YG Entertainment begin work on new global music service platform
Naver, YG Entertainment begin work on new global music service platformm.koreaherald.com

South Korean internet giant Naver and YG Entertainment said Wednesday that they would begin preparations to jointly build a new global music service platform by pooling their technologies, resources and global influence.

TiVo Brings Powerful Music Metadata to BuzzAngle Music
TiVo Brings Powerful Music Metadata to BuzzAngle Musicplatformandstream.com

The combination of data analytics from BuzzAngle Music embedded with Music Metadata from TiVo directly connects consumption to recommendations, providing some of the most accurate and unique research findings currently available in the industry.

VOISE to Launch Decentralized Streaming and Download Platform
VOISE to Launch Decentralized Streaming and Download Platformthemerkle.com

The platform will bring music artist, lovers, and listeners together in their common love for music and has received strong support from Grammy-nominated, independent artist Carolyn Malachi and DJ sensation, Jinco.

AM/FM Radio finding a new place in the audio landscape: Pandora research
AM/FM Radio finding a new place in the audio landscape: Pandora research radioinfo.com.au
A study of American audio consumption by music streaming service Pandora has, not unexpectedly, talked up the growth of music streaming and podcasting, but has also acknowledged that traditional analog broadcast radio is still strong, but is “finding a new place in the audio landscape.”

Copyright: A Worldwide Audience Is Watching
Copyright: A Worldwide Audience Is Watchingwww.copyright.com
In quite a short time, copyright has come to be seen by many as an inhibitor to creativity and innovation instead of the enabler and protector it once was.

Restoring those old music liner notes in the digital era
Restoring those old music liner notes in the digital era business.financialpost.com

TunesMap wants to return much of that lost information through an interactive display cued by a song playing on a streaming service.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new music
Spotify’s Discover Weekly: How machine learning finds your new musichackernoon.com

This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them.

Plex Adds Android Auto Support, For Streaming Audio
Plex Adds Android Auto Support, For Streaming Audiowww.androidheadlines.com
Plex has finally added Android Auto support to its app, which it says will be rolling out to the Android app in the coming days.

Issue #268: Universal Music Group Wants to Find the Next Spotify; NME Launches ‘Emerging’ Platform for New Bands

Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotify
Universal Music Group wants to find the next Spotifymashable.com

Tuhin Roy is hoping to find the next big thing in music—before it’s too late.

“Not only are we looking for the next Spotify or Pandora or consumer music service, but a lot of the startups we interact with are helping in less visible ways,” said Roy, vice president of new digital business at Universal Music Group, one of the three major record labels.

Music streaming services are focusing on original content to widen the net
Music streaming services are focusing on original content to widen the netwww.business-standard.com

At a time the music industry in India moves further towards digital consumption, the push for improved listening experience and original content by streaming services shows competition is set to grow to capture more audiences.

NME launches 'Emerging' platform for new bands
NME launches 'Emerging' platform for new bandswww.nme.com
NME is launching a new platform to launch the careers of the best of the world’s best new and rising artists.

The 15 Most Powerful Indie Curators on Spotify
The 15 Most Powerful Indie Curators on Spotifyslotifymethod.com

There are plenty of blogs and networks who have a large following on Spotify. Spinnin’ Records, Walt Disney Records, all well into the one million follower range. What about individuals who have the most push and influence on the platform?

How can we restore music's status as social glue in the age of streaming?
How can we restore music's status as social glue in the age of streaming?www.musicxtechxfuture.com
The case for a passive discovery mechanism for friends’ playlists on Spotify. This article started with a tweet on a Saturday evening.

The new way to listen to your music on-the-go
The new way to listen to your music on-the-gowww.usatoday.com

As the first and only Spotify music player that functions without a bulky smartphone, cell reception, or internet connection, it fills every workout, commute, or adventure with all your favorite tracks without forcing you to sacrifice precious battery life or data usage.

Lantern brands classical music streaming service, Primephonic
Lantern brands classical music streaming service, Primephonicwww.transformmagazine.net

With its identity, logo, digital and advertising, social media and tone of voice rebranded from July 2017 by London-based brand design agency Lantern, the Primephonic brand is disruptive while recognising the gravitas of the product it provides.

Spotify Will Become A Full Stack Music Company
Spotify Will Become A Full Stack Music Companywww.hypebot.com
Spotify needs to become much more than just a music streamer if its going to be ever be profitable, writes analyst Mark Mulligan of MIDiA.

Issue #267: The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Online

The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Online
The Boston Public Library Owns 200,000 Vinyl Records — And It’s Putting Them All Onlinewww.wbur.org
Once the records are digitized through the Internet Archive, anyone will be able to hear them — free.

Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music's Revenue, Cache With Young Fans
Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music's Revenue, Cache With Young Fanswww.billboard.com
Mood-based streaming playlists are creating hoards of new composer groupies as classical music finds a new generation of fans.

Senegal: Start-Ups launch Local Music Streaming Services
Senegal: Start-Ups launch Local Music Streaming Serviceswww.cp-africa.com

Senegalese start-ups are testing a fledgling market for online music platforms in French-speaking West Africa.

How Augmented Reality Audio Will Let You Soundtrack Your Life
How Augmented Reality Audio Will Let You Soundtrack Your Lifewww.billboard.com
It’s easy to grasp how users will see AR content through screens, and later glasses, but how will they hear augmented reality?

Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins board
Music rights collection startup Kobalt adds another $14M at $789M valuation, Bill Maris joins boardtechcrunch.com
When he was still at Google Ventures, Bill Maris led a round of funding into music royalty collecting startup Kobalt, to make one of the VC arms bigger bets..

Spotify Records Surging Revenues, Continued Losses in First Half of 2017
Spotify Records Surging Revenues, Continued Losses in First Half of 2017www.billboard.com
The music industry is poised to face its third consecutive year of growth in 2017, thanks to paid subscription streaming services like Spotify. Yet, as it approaches its much-anticipated IPO, that company has yet to convince investors of its future profitability.

Spotify link now appearing in Groove Music app
Spotify link now appearing in Groove Music appwww.neowin.net
Another indication foreshadowing the end of Microsoft’s music streaming service has appeared in the Groove Music app for Windows 10 Mobile and PC, prompting users to get Spotify ahead of the shutdown.

China's Spotify: How Tencent leads the music streaming market
China's Spotify: How Tencent leads the music streaming marketwww.bbc.com
Chinese tech giant Tencent is dominating the music streaming market after clamping down on piracy.

A Journal of Musical ThingsThis New Music Discovery App Attempts to Visualize All the Music in the World
A Journal of Musical ThingsThis New Music Discovery App Attempts to Visualize All the Music in the Worldajournalofmusicalthings.com

There is too much music out there. Who has time to sort through the tens of millions of songs looking for something they might like?

Issue #266: Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data

Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Data
Spotify’s New App Aims To Hook Artists On The Power Of Their Own Datawww.fastcompany.com
Spotify is making its listener data more accessible to hungry artists with the launch of a new analytics app.

Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fans
Blake Shelton to headline Pandora concert to draw country music fanswww.tennessean.com

Blake Shelton concert headlines Pandora campaign to lure country fans.

Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast efforts
Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast effortswww.engadget.com
60Db, the short-form podcast app, looks like it’s shutting down. The app’s developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google, according to a post on Medium. Haven’t…

Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business students
Spotify mixes music and careers with FIU College of Business studentsbiznews.fiu.edu

On a quest for dynamic college students as interns and student ambassadors, Spotify executives arrived at FIU’s College of Business with a DJ mixing the latest hits and lighting effects headlining its #jointheband event.

Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollins
Universal Launches Sound of Vinyl: A ‘Tinder for Record Collectors’ Curated by Henry Rollinsvariety.com
The service offers daily text-messaged recommendationsbased on the algorithms of your profile and past purchases (with links to order).  

Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than ever
Somehow, in the age of Spotify, radio is more popular than everqz.com
Think of any teen movie out of the 1980s or 1990s, and there’s a fair chance you can recall a scene of characters lounging in a car, singing along to the blare of a dashboard radio.

Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experience
Five advanced Chromecast hacks to level up your streaming experiencewww.popsci.com
A Chromecast displays a simple, humble exterior. But within, Google’s streaming device has clever features to let you supercharge your casting.

Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in India
Apple Music partners AR Rahman-founded KM Music to set up two Mac Labs in Indiatelecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com
At a time when global sales are slowing, India has become a critical market for the company to have more than a foothold.

US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Charts
US Music Industry Considers Launching "Official" Alternative To Billboard Chartswww.hypebot.com
US record labels and others in the music industry are considering launching their own charts as an alternative to the iconic Billboard lists, according to multiple sources.

Issue #265: Streaming May Predict Next Country Stars; Americans Set Record By Streaming 8.3 Billion Songs In One Week

Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Stars
Why Streaming May Predict the Next Country Starswww.rollingstone.com
How streaming platforms like Spotify and Pandora are helping predict the next generation of country stars.

Sonos’s Secret Weapon In The Smart Speaker Wars: Becoming A Platform
Sonos’s Secret Weapon In The Smart Speaker Wars: Becoming A Platformwww.fastcompany.com
As tech titans release familiar-looking smart speakers, Sonos is hoping to set itself apart by opening its sound system up to developers–and giving users more freedom.

Hidden Features and Third Party Programs That Make Spotify Work for You
Hidden Features and Third Party Programs That Make Spotify Work for Youmotherboard.vice.com
It’s not Spotify. It’s you.

Americans Set New Record By Streaming 8.3 Billion Songs In One Week
Americans Set New Record By Streaming 8.3 Billion Songs In One Weekwww.hotnewhiphop.com

Streaming music reaches a new all-time high in the U.S. If the radio industry and other forms of traditional music consumption media weren’t worried before.

Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trends
Music data and analytics: digging below the surface trendsmusically.com
Every music company in 2017 is facing the challenge of making sense of a torrent of data from streaming services and social networks.

Can Atlanta Become the Music Industry's Next Business Hub?
Can Atlanta Become the Music Industry's Next Business Hub?www.billboard.com
For years, Atlanta has been a cultural and musical hub of creativity for the music industry, but its top talent has been forced to leave the city for New York or Los Angeles in order to find success in the business. Is that about to change?

Taylor Swift to release her own app
Taylor Swift to release her own appwww.chicagotribune.com
Mega pop-star Taylor Swift is about to release her own app.

Tidal brings its 50% off Student tier to UK
Tidal brings its 50% off Student tier to UKwww.whathifi.com
After first launching in the US, the Student subscriptions are now available in 23 European countries (including the UK), Australia and South America.

Techstars Music Accelerator Adds Three Member Companies
Techstars Music Accelerator Adds Three Member Companieswww.hypebot.com
Concord Music, RecoChoku and Royalty Exchange have joined Warner Music Group, Harmonix Music Systems, Q Prime Management, Bill Silva Entertainment, Silva Artist Management, and Sony Music in supporting Techstars Music startup accelerator.

Can cities use blockchain to promote transparency in music?
Can cities use blockchain to promote transparency in music?www.citymetric.com

Smart city technologies are built to foster transparency in a continuously moving organism in an even more complex ecosystem.

Issue #263: Nielsen: Radio Trumps Streaming For New Music Discovery; Arena Pays Royalties in Bitcoin

Nielsen: Radio Trumps Streaming For New Music Discovery
Nielsen: Radio Trumps Streaming For New Music Discoverywww.channelnews.com.au

Nielsen’s latest Music 360 report has revealed radio is still the most powerful tool US consumers employ to discover new music, despite the rise of online music streaming.

Music Streaming Service Arena Pays Royalties in Bitcoin to Eliminate Industry Black Box
Music Streaming Service Arena Pays Royalties in Bitcoin to Eliminate Industry Black Boxnews.bitcoin.com
Arena Music attempts to right the falling music industry by connecting streamers to artists, and its taken the radical step of paying royalties in bitcoin. 

How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Could Be Toppled by Blockchain
How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Could Be Toppled by Blockchainwww.newsweek.com
Somewhere out in the blockchain universe, the revolution is incubating.

Pandora Goes Back to School to Help Students Create Social Impact Campaigns for BloodPop, Jack Antonoff
Pandora Goes Back to School to Help Students Create Social Impact Campaigns for BloodPop, Jack Antonoffwww.billboard.com
Pandora and Real Industry have announced the launch of the Pandora Challenge: Music & Social Impact program, to take place at five universities across the United States.

Creative Artificial Intelligence in Music: Genius Innovation for Sync and More Fascinating Use Cases
Creative Artificial Intelligence in Music: Genius Innovation for Sync and More Fascinating Use Casesblog.dataart.com

Now that we’re past the first songs composed by artificial intelligence, do you think using AI is the logical next step in optimizing the generation of music for the film, television and games industries?

Copyright, royalties and piracy in Africa
Copyright, royalties and piracy in Africawww.musicinafrica.net
Together with intellectual property, copyright and royalties is a major talking point in the arts. In music it can be the difference between artists making a living from their recorded efforts or not.

What is BlockChain and How Can BlockChain Help Musicians & The Music Industry
What is BlockChain and How Can BlockChain Help Musicians & The Music Industrywww.hypebot.com

This week co-hosts Michael Brandvold and Jay Gilbert are joined by Mo Jalloh Co-founder of Zimrii Music to discuss BlockChain technology.

Why you should NEVER link to your singles on Spotify
Why you should NEVER link to your singles on Spotifydiymusician.cdbaby.com

This might sound like crazy talk, and maybe I’ve sensationalized the headline a bit, but here’s the thing: if you link to a single on Spotify you’re wasting an opportunity to drive more streaming activity.

Streaming increases revenue at PIAS UK
Streaming increases revenue at PIAS UKwww.musicweek.com
The independent label and distributor’s British operation posted a profit increase thanks to the surge in digital revenue of 22.8% and resilient physical sales.

Mixcloud plans subscription service with Warner Music deal
Mixcloud plans subscription service with Warner Music dealwww.engadget.com

Mixcloud — a user-generated audio site similar to SoundCloud but with more of a focus on long-form content — just signed a licensing deal with Warner Music.

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